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Haute hotel: Inside the long-awaited Aman New York

Haute hotel: Inside the long-awaited Aman New York

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High in the ranks of this year’s most hotly anticipated openings, Aman New York will welcome guests from August 2, ushering in a new era of luxury in one of the world’s most exciting destinations. Positioned on the corner of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue, in the storied Crown Building, the site was designed in 1921 by Warren & Wetmore (of Grand Central Station and Helmsley building fame) and was the first location of the city’s Museum of Modern Art. For its new role with the Aman group, the 100-year-old building has been transformed and fully restored to its original magnificence by Jean-Michel Gathy of multi-disciplinary design firm Denniston.

Guided by the pulse of the city and imbued with Aman’s inimitable design philosophy – one that pays homage to the striking architectural history of the original building – Aman New York is a lesson in understated elegance and urban comfort. The hotel welcomes its guests 14 floors above street level, where a double-height atrium instills an unrivalled sense of grandeur and provides a place for luxury-seeking lodgers to socialise and unwind, transporting them worlds away from the frenetic energy of the city centre.

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Designer destination: Aman hotel in New York City

Designed as an antidote to the buzz of its surroundings, the hotel’s 83 suites are among New York’s largest. The Japanese-inspired interiors, replete with a harmonious design language of natural materials and muted tones, are reminiscent of Aman’s Eastern offerings, while providing a unique concept to the city. An invitation to switch off from the outside world, each suite is decadently appointed with a functioning fireplace (a city first), while the opulent bathrooms house oversized soaking tubs, marble rain showers and double vanities, all with sweeping views of the city. 

In a nod to the brand’s roots, each luxurious suite features a painterly mural by Japanese contemporary artist Ryoko Adachi. The large-scale works were inspired by the 16th century, internationally acclaimed masterpiece Pine Trees (Shōrin-zu byōbu) – a pair of six-panel folding screens in the collection of the Tokyo National Museum – painted around 1595 by Hasegawa Tōhaku, one of the greatest painters of the Azuchi–Momoyama period.

Alongside the hotel accommodation, 22 private homes will be placed on the market giving prospective buyers a chance to occupy one of the city’s best addresses – another first for the brand. Owners and their guests will have access to their own private entrance and each residence features the same high-spec finishes as the hotel suites, with a bespoke palette of luxurious and natural materials synonymous with the Aman lifestyle. 

Elsewhere, a flagship Aman Spa occupies three-storeys (2300 square metres), which marks the most comprehensive iteration of Aman’s wellness philosophy in the western hemisphere. A 20-metre indoor swimming pool, surrounded by firepits and inviting daybeds, is warmly lit from above by a copper light installation. Those looking to truly escape can choose from two vast Spa Houses each comprising double treatment rooms, Banya and Hammam rooms and private outdoor terraces complete with hot and cold plunge pools, where guests can transport themselves to a place of divine decadence. 

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The food and beverage offerings are second to none. Arva, Aman’s Italian restaurant and Nama, a contemporary take on Japan’s washoku dining tradition invites guests to experience omakase-style fine dining with a menu centred around sushi and sashimi. The Wine Library, sitting alongside Nama and adjacent to the sweeping outdoor terrace, will be available for private wine tastings and events. The exclusive Jazz Club, reimagined for the discerning Aman guest, will providing a classic New York experience with the brand’s unique spin.  

Aman New York joins Amangani in Wyoming and Amangiri in Utah as the brand’s third United States-based destination, soon to be joined by Aman Miami (2024) and Aman Beverly Hills (2026). Hotel reservations will open July 25, with stays in New York beginning from August 2. 


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In a nod to the brand’s roots, each luxurious suite features a painterly mural by Japanese contemporary artist Ryoko Adachi.

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